Acknowledging the importance of raising awareness and educating the young people of ASEAN about parliamentary diplomacy and ASEAN’s policies and principles, Directorate of Policy, Education and Publicity of AIPA Secretariat developed a program called Model AIPA. The main target of participants for this program is university students of ASEAN Member States. Model AIPA is basically an educational simulation of AIPA General Assembly, in which students can learn about diplomacy, regional relations, public speaking and also critical thinking through role playing. More than that, they also can learn on how to lead the discussion in the meetings by role-playing as chairperson in each committee meeting.
Model AIPA is ideally conducted in two full days in a row. The first day will be separated into three sessions: Seminar on AIPA and the General Assembly, and two seminars on the political/economic/social issues which have been agreed for the General Assembly simulation. The latter seminars will be lecture seminars, inviting lecturers, professors, or high-level government officials who are experts in their fields. The second day will be the day of Model AIPA where the General Assembly simulation begins with Executive Committee Meeting to adopt the agenda to be deliberated in the Committee Meetings.
AIPA Secretariat has successfully conducted the 1st Model AIPA in August 2017 with 75 students of International Relations major across Greater Jakarta as the participants. We are currently developing the plan to conduct the second one in August 2018 where we will also invite participants from universities across ASEAN Member States.
The First Model AIPA
The first Model AIPA conducted on the 25th and 28th of August 2017 in Jakarta. It was implemented in cooperation with the Students Associations of University of Al Azhar Indonesia and BINUS University. With the theme “Border Conflicts Reconciliation and Harmonizing Drugs Trafficking Laws”, the event took place at the House of Representatives of Republic of Indonesia and was attended by 75 students of International Relations from at least ten universities around greater Jakarta area.
On the first day of the event, participants were informed about AIPA and its role in facilitating the achievement of ASEAN goals by representatives of AIPA Secretariat. Further, experts from Centre of Strategy and International Studies, as well as from Indonesia National Narcotics Bureau were presented as speakers to provide insights and useful information that will help the participants in the General Assembly simulation on the next day. Following the original version of AIPA General Assembly, the simulation was preceded with the Executive Committee Meeting to adopt the agenda to be deliberated in the Committee Meetings. There were two committees: political and social. The Political Committee deliberated draft resolution on Border Conflicts Reconciliation, while the Social Committee discussed a draft resolution on Harmonizing Drugs Trafficking Laws.
The event went very well and the students were enthusiastically participating and involving in asking questions, discussing and debating as they were role-playing as member parliaments from 10 ASEAN Member States. AIPA Secretariat also gave two awards certificates to the Best Delegate and the Best Speaker. In the end of the event, the students conveyed their enthusiasts to have another Model AIPA in the future.